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Ray Di Pasquale Ray Di Pasquale

Knight Campus
Room 3328
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400 East Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

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President Di Pasquale's message to CCRI in 2064

Sept. 24, 2014

This letter was included in the time capsule that was buried at the Knight Campus in Warwick on Sept. 24, the 50th anniversary of the college's first day of classes.

Hello, CCRI students, faculty and staff of 2064! Let me be one of the first (50 years ahead of time, in fact) to congratulate you on reaching this amazing milestone. Today, the Community College of Rhode Island will have marked 100 years of changing the lives of every Rhode Islander who walks through its doors. And although much has changed over the last century (so much has changed in the first half of it already), I have no doubt that your mission – to help any and all comers achieve their dreams through accessible higher education – has remained a strong and steadfast commitment to your state.

I have the pleasure of leaving you these thoughts as we begin our 50th academic year. In the time since CCRI was founded, we've seen tremendous growth in the reach of our institution. What started as a small cohort of students in a rented, converted factory space in downtown Providence has now grown to spread across four major campuses and an alumni network of more than 64,000. When our founding president, Dr. William Flanagan, said in his first convocation address that the task of building CCRI had just begun, I have no doubt that he envisioned these great accomplishments. At the same time, I have no doubt he would be stunned to see how much has come to pass in such a short time.

Of course, I have no idea what our college will look like in 50 years. But I know that, just as we strive to keep the CCRI legacy alive today by offering a chance for all Rhode Islanders to write – or rewrite – their own stories through hard work, determination and access to a world-class education right in their own backyards, that legacy still must burn bright in you. My wish for you in your centennial celebration is that you continue to make this college – and this state – an extraordinary place.

Keep up the good work.

Ray Di Pasquale

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